Latest COVID-19 reporting

Montana coronavirus report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, we’ll provide regular updates with the latest news and information. Figures and information are accurate at the time of publication.

‘A summer like no other’

While visitation is down, Glacier National Park faced unprecedented gridlock after the Blackfeet Nation closed the park’s eastern boundary. Officials say the season offers lessons for the future.


As of Monday, September 28, Montana reports a cumulative total of 12,413 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 306 new cases since yesterday, 3,400 active cases, and 8,839 patients considered recovered. State officials also report that 698 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 158 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 174 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

Yellow-shaded counties on the map have seen at least one documented COVID-19 case. Orange-shaded counties are currently above the four-active-case threshold for the mask mandate enacted July 15.


Lawmakers spar over legislative rules

Republican lawmakers from the Joint Senate and House Rules Committee met Thursday in an unusual effort to propose changes to legislative rules before the 2021 session. Democratic lawmakers boycotted the meeting, insisting that it was illegitimate.

Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide

Since launching in March, Telehealth Access for Seniors has raised $85,000 and donated 1,900 devices — some brand-new — to seniors and low-income people in 26 states. Alongside cofounder Aakshi Agarwal, Hannah’s classmate at Yale, Arjun and Hannah have coordinated the efforts of 315 volunteers, mostly students.

COVID goes to college

Both the University of Montana and Montana State have set up symptomatic testing on campus for students, faculty and staff, but neither school is offering asymptomatic surveillance testing — a strategy that some other schools are using to help control the virus.

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Lifting Voices: Lesson Plans

A panel of experts from around the state attempt to unpack the myriad child-centric concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic as the school year gets underway.

Tracking and trust

Some are hailing contact tracing technology as a promising addition to the coronavirus response. But is it a good fit for Montana, and is it even safe?

Neighbors helping neighbors

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing mutual aid networks into the mainstream as Montanans look for ways to help their most vulnerable neighbors.


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